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July 9th storytime: city and jungle animals

Rawr!  We had fun in a storytime jungle today, as we read and sang about jungle animals.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print motivation.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys sitting in a tree, 1 elephant went out to play, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

march around the city to find animals, birds nest activity, jungle animal peekaboo, jungle animal beginning sounds

Books:

City Animals

If You’re Happy and You Know it

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that influence a child’s ability to learn to read.  Today we will talk about print motivation, which is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.

aside #2: One way to encourage the development of print motivation is to make sure that you and child have fun while you read. Let your child see that you enjoy reading to them. Be sure to pick a time of day to read when your child will be relaxed and responsive. You know the best times of day for your child, take advantage of them and have fun reading a book.

aside #3:  It’s good to find books that have that little something special that will help keep your child interested in reading the book. Pop-ups, books like this one where you can incorporate a song and motion, and books about things that your child really likes will keep them interested in the book as you read it to them.

Lane Library book  information

If You’re Happy and You Know It

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June 25th storytime: hippity hop, little bunnies

We hip hopped our way through storytime today, as we read and sang about rabbits.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, my ears are starting to wiggle, do your ears hang low, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

rhyming activity with -unny, little bunny little bunny

Books:

Bunny Fun

Overboard

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill print awareness, which is an awareness of how books work. I explained that print awareness is how we know that we read the words on the page, not the pictures, and we read from front and back, top and bottom, left to right

aside #2: Choosing books that have interesting or larger type helps develop your child’s print awareness.

aside #3:  I explained that I pointed to some of the words in the book, the ones with larger type, as I read them. This helps children understand that it is the words we are reading, which develops print awareness.

Lane Library book information

Bunny Fun

Overboard!

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June 4th storytime: a walk in the woods

We went for a walk in the woods today at storytime (without leaving the building, of course).  Our early literacy skill of the day was print awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, who’s hiding in the woods today (used pictures of each animal labeled with the animal’s name), stretch/head shoulders knees and toes,  1 little 2 little…animals (#10 was a skunk!), alphabet song, Wheels on the Bus (songboard song), Simon Says

Activities:

took a walk through the woods (marched to click of sticks, and we found a bear!), alphabet I spy

Books:

Maisy’s Nature Walk

A Tree For Me

Stories:

The Tree Stump (with paperbag tree stump and small stuffed animals as props)

Asides:

#1: We talked about the early literacy skill print awareness, and how children with print awareness know that we read the words on the page and not the pictures, and that those words consist of letters that we read in a specific way on a page (from left to right and top to bottom).

#2: Your child’s print awareness can be encouraged by pointing out and reading words everywhere you see them – on signs, labels, at the grocery store and post office.

#3:  You noticed that I ran my finger under the words most often repeated. This helps develop your child’s print awareness, knowing that print has meaning and that it is the words on the page we read and not just the pictures.

Lane Library book information

Maisy’s Nature Walk

A Tree For Me

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April 30 storytime: go to sleep

We snored at storytime today–not out of boredom but because storytime was all about that most unpopular of times, bedtime!   Our early literacy skill  of the day was print awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, twinkle twinkle little star, this is the way we _____ before we go to bed, if you’re a big dinosaur, 3 little monkeys jumping on the bed, head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear, 7 in the bed, Simon Says

Activities:

teddy bear hunt

Books:

Dinosaur vs Bedtime (used a sign that said “ROAR”, which I occasionally held up while reading the book, when they saw the sign the kids were to roar)

Where’s My Teddy (big book)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late (used a sign that said “NO”, which I occasionally held up while reading the book, when they saw the sign the kids were to say no)

Asides:

#1: I told the adults about print awareness, and how that means that their child notices print, knows how to handle a book and can follow the written word on a page.

#2: When you read aloud with your children, they gradually become aware that the squiggles on the page mean something. Children will also begin to notice print in the world around them. It helps to point out signs as you drive or shop, like stop signs.

#3 would have been: You may have noticed that I ran my finger under the word no each time we said that word. This helps develop your children’s print awareness, knowing that print has meaning and that it is the words we read and not the pictures. Choosing books that have large or varied fonts is also helpful in the development of print awareness

(the kids were ready for storytime to be over at this point, so we skipped the aside and went right to the end of storytime).

We had a good time snoring at the library!

Lane Library book information:

Dinosaur vs Bedtime

Where’s My Teddy

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

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a sneezes and noses and colds, oh my! storytime

Our storytime theme today was sneezes and noses and colds, and the early literacy spotlight was on print awareness.   We read The Long-Nosed Pig by Keith Faulkner, One Day in the Jungle by Colin West, and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen.   We sang some silly songs today, including Put Your Finger On Your Nose and Oh No I Have A Little Cold, and we counted the Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed.

The adults discussed print awareness and ways to encourage the development of that skill at home.   I explained that one way to encourage the development of print awareness is to point to the words on the page as you read a book together, so that your child knows that you are reading those words, and not the pictures.  This will also show your child what direction words follow on a page.

We had a good time sneezing at the library!

Lane Library book information here:

The Long Nosed Pig

One Day in the Jungle

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

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